A new smartphone app being tested by pain specialists at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston has the potential to help reduce opioid use in chronic pain sufferers, according to an expert who spoke recently at the International Conference on Opioids.
The app is one of several new technological approaches that could impact opioid abuse, says Robert Jamison, PhD, Chief Psychologist at the Pain Management Center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
The app, being tested with both cancer and non-cancer patients, is available for the iPhone and Android phones. It tracks patients’ pain data and saves it to their medical record. “This gives doctors a lot more feedback about how patients are doing,” Dr. Jamison said.